Phil Cunningham

Genres: World
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


The Cunningham brothers represent the pinnacle of Scots fiddle/accordion music. In their early days, Johnny Cunningham (27 August 1957, Portobello, Edinburgh, Scotland, d. 15 December 2003, New York, USA; fiddle/mandolin) co-founded the group Silly Wizard, and was joined by his brother, Phil (b. 27 January 1960, Edinburgh, Scotland; accordion/keyboards). Subsequently, as a duo, they released 1980’s Against The Storm, and promoted it by playing local gigs.

In the early 80s Johnny Cunningham recorded the solo albums Thoughts From Another World and Fair Warning before moving to the USA for a time. He later recorded with the bands Raindogs and Nightnoise, and worked with artists from the worlds of rock and folk including Hall And Oates, Bob Dylan, Don Henley, Warren Zevon, Cherish The Ladies, and Solas. In the 90s, he worked with the New York-based theatre company Mabou Mines on their adaptation of J.M. Barrie’ Peter Pan, and...

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